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Demian : the story of Emil Sinclair's youth
Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962.
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Demian. English
Publication Information:
Cutchogue, NY : Buccaneer Books, [1976]

Physical Description:
xii, 171 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Demian : die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend.
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Hesse portrays the turmoil of Emil Sinclair, a docile young man who is drawn by his schoolmates into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention.

Author Notes

Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877 -- August 9, 1962) was a German poet, novelist, essayist and painter. His best-known works included Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Hess publicly announced his views on the savagery of World War I, and was considered a traitor. He moved to Switzerland where he eventually became a naturalized citizen. He warned of the advent of World War II, predicting that cultureless efficiency would destroy the modern world. His theme was usually the conflict between the elements of a person's dual nature and the problem of spiritual loneliness.

His first novel, Peter Camenzind, was published in 1904. His masterpiece, Death and the Lover (1930), contrasts a scholarly abbot and his beloved pupil, who leaves the monastery for the adventurous world. Steppenwolf (1927), a European bestseller, was published when defeated Germany had begun to plan for another war. It is the story of Haller, who recognizes in himself the blend of the human and wolfish traits of the completely sterile scholarly project. During the 1960s Hesse became a favorite writer of the counter culture, especially in the United States, though his critical reputation has never equaled his popularity.

Hermann Hesse died in 1962.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
"Um meine Geschichte zu erzahlen" / "To tell my story"p. 2
1 Zwei Welten / Two Worldsp. 4
2 Kain / Cainp. 34
3 Der Schacher / The Thief on the Crossp. 64
4 Beatrice / Beatricep. 94
5 Der Vogel kampft sich aus dem Ei / The Bird Fights Its Way Out of the Eggp. 126
6 Jakobs Kampf / Jacob's Fight with the Angelp. 152
7 Frau Eva / Lady Evep. 184
8 Anfang vom Ende / The Beginning of the Endp. 222